Mid Sussex District Council in partnership with the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport have identified Burgess Hill as a location to receive government funding in support of the delivery of a full fibre network.
The funding will create a “scaffold” duct and fibre access network across Burgess Hill, allowing smaller Internet Service Providers to provide easier connections to individual premises and businesses. This will include a fibre route and connection point at Sheddingdean Business Park. We are aware that Virgin Media have paused the roll-out of their Project Lightning across Burgess Hill, resulting in poor connectivity for businesses and residents. This makes it even more important to deliver the Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) programme timely and in the right places across Burgess Hill.
The Burgess Hill fibre network is expected to be completed by April 2021, following a 9 month build programme, which is expected to commence in July 2020. Commercial services will then be available to be delivered across the network immediately afterwards.
The network will be operated and maintained by the Council under a Cooperative model, whereby businesses and residents (individually or in clusters) will be able to purchase high capacity, ultra-fast fibre digital connectivity services, including Wifi, Ethernet and other wholesale products. These will be offered at highly competitive market prices, by a range of organisations belonging to the Cooperative. In addition to the Mid Sussex Fibre Network, the Government also has a number of other digital initiatives that businesses can take advantage of, including Gigabit Voucher schemes.